Krame said he was worried about late fees when he discovered the book -- briefly.
“It lasted a few seconds,” he told the television station. “It was like, I still have (it), sorry about that.”
Krame said he knew he had to return the way, way overdue book, but he also fretted about the possible stern looks from the school’s librarians.
"When (Tarquinio) asked my name I told him I can't give it to him because I was in the witness protection program," Krame told WCBS. "I took it out to read and never brought it back."
If the fines were 10 cents per day, Krame could have been looking at a $2,000 expense. But Tarquinio but his mind at ease.
“We’re not looking to collect,” Tarquinio told WCBS.
Krame is not entirely off the hook. School librarian Susan Murray said she plans to use the book for a display to teach students about returning books, according to The Associated Press.